Clearing 2021

How to use Clearing

If you don’t get the grades you needed for your first-choice course, you don’t need to abandon your university plans – Clearing can help you make new ones.

Clearing is the system which helps match available course places to students. Using the UCAS search tool, you can look for courses which are right for you and start making enquiries – you may find you soon have several offers to choose from.

Clearing opened in early July, but it starts getting busy after results day – for most people, that’s 10th August. Want to be ready for it? Here’s our quick guide to how Clearing works.

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Clearing made easy

Search for a suitable course using the UCAS search tool. All courses at UK universities which have places available at the time will be listed here.

If you find a course, you’re interested in, get in touch with the university directly to find out more. This is a good time to ask any questions you may have, and to demonstrate your interest and enthusiasm for the course – it might help your chances of getting an informal offer there and then. Make sure you have your UCAS registration details to hand when you call – they will need your Clearing number (you can find it in UCAS Track).

If you get an offer from a university that you want to accept, you’ll need to record your acceptance in UCAS Track. Regardless of how many offers you have, you can only accept one, so don’t add it to UCAS Track until you are certain. If you change your mind later, you will need to ask the university to cancel the offer before you can make another application.

When the university confirms your place, it will show as confirmed in UCAS Track. If they don’t go ahead with their offer for any reason, you can apply for another course.

Got your confirmed place? Time to apply for student finance, or update your existing application – they will need to know the details of your new uni and course. Be aware that new applications can take up to six weeks. If you need more information about student finance, see the Useful Links below.

Once that’s taken care of, there’s just one thing left to do – look for your accommodation.

Key Clearing dates

Here are the important dates you need to know.

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  • Monday 5th July 2021 - Clearing opens
  • Monday 5th July 2021 - International Baccalaureate results day
  • Tuesday 10th August 2021 - A-level results day in Scotland
  • Tuesday 10th August 2021 - SQA and GCE A-level results day 
  • Tuesday 10th August 2021 - Adjustment opens
  • Tuesday 21st September 2021 - Final deadline for applications
  • Wednesday 20th October 2021 - Applications close

Grades better than expected?

Find out about using Adjustment to adjust your uni plans accordingly.

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You may want to reconsider your university plans if you’ve done better than expected, and this is where the UCAS Adjustment service comes in. You will be able to explore courses with higher entrance requirements, without risking any current offer.

You can register for Adjustment in UCAS Track. Be quick as the Adjustment window is a lot shorter – you will only have until 18th August 2021.

Finding student accommodation

Once your university place is confirmed, you can switch to looking for your accommodation. We have properties close to universities in 27 UK cities, and many have cashback offers available, so don’t miss out – you could get up to £500 back.

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What kind of accommodation is available?

We offer a variety of rooms designed for students, which share kitchens and living areas with other residents. Most rooms have their own en suite bathroom. There are different sizes of room you can choose from – this is usually a factor in the cost of the room.

Most iQ properties also offer self-contained studios and, in some cases, apartments, for those who want their own facilities. Some are also suitable for sharing.

You will find many facilities at our properties – all have areas for study and socialising, and many have other facilities like a gym, cinema or games room. You will usually be just a few minutes’ walk from your university, but there will always be public transport nearby too.

Other useful services include free WiFi and all-inclusive bills, and with our app you can arrange maintenance, cleaning, parcel collection and more.

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When can I move in?

We provide flexibility around the dates you can move into your accommodation. Various contracts with different start dates are available, and you are welcome to move in at any time after this date. Many of our properties are currently offering the chance to move in earlier too, with Two Weeks Free.

If you need to move in January 2022, shorter contracts may also be available. Check your chosen property’s page for details.

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Is iQ student accommodation safe and secure?

All our properties are equipped with CCTV and secure entry systems, with most staffed 24 hours a day. We have also put additional measures in place during the Covid-19 pandemic to keep our residents and staff safe.

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How can I contact iQ?

If you have a query about a booking, it’s best to contact the relevant property directly – the team will be happy to help answer your questions. Alternatively, please send an email to [email protected]

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